UFC Heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez echoes calls for increased drug testing in MMA

Cameron Spencer

UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is proud to be a "natural athlete" and supports steps to increase the stringency of drug testing for PEDs in MMA.

MMA Fighting's Shaun Alshatti spoke with UFC Heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez about performance enhancing drugs and asked him if he supports Welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre's recent call for blood testing and random testing of fighters:

"Yes, I would," he said. "You can by looking [at me]. Me and Daniel (Cormier) were talking about -- I forgot who were saying it, but it was two guys, they were trying to think of the two guys that they think, for sure, are not on steroids or anything. The only ones they could come up with are me and Daniel. Just by looking at us, you can tell that we don't do anything. Or if we do, it's not very good stuff.

"So I think we're both on the side of [increased] testing. For sure, I'm all for that. Being natural, I think, is the best way to be even on the playing field."

Velasquez also shared his thoughts on marijuana:

"I'm looking at, kind of, two spectrums of it," Velasquez explained. "Living now in California, where you'll see it on the street, it doesn't seem as bad. It definitely [desensitizes you to it], seeing somebody just walking down the street, or having [dispensary] shops all around. It definitely does.

"It's a thing of where they draw the line. What's illegal and what's not as far as a substance."

Velasquez is set to defend his belt in a rematch against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva at UFC 160 on May 25.


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